There’s More To This Story …
Ludlow Skinner’s death certificate indicated that Haywood’s single bullet penetrated Ludlow’s aorta and both lungs. He had buried his mother earlier the same morning he was murdered by Ernest Haywood.
Ernest Eagle Haywood was the son of Gertrude Tucker and Ernest Haywood. After he left Raleigh to pursue his dreams of becoming a writer in New York City, he committed suicide at the age of 21.
Ten defense attorneys were employed by the financially and politically well-connected Ernest Haywood for the two week trial which finally convened eight months later. This blue-ribbon legal team was able to exclude the racy Charlotte Observer allegations and to highlight the fact that Skinner had a gun in his possession (it was found in his pocket and was never displayed during the encounter). They also provided witnesses that portrayed Ludlow as the provocateur of the violence and constructed a scenario in which Haywood fired his gun only after it became clear Ludlow was reaching for his. Haywood was, they contended, acting only in self-defense. Their defense was effective; the jury took only fifteen minutes to return a “Not Guilty” verdict.
Final Resting Place:
701 Oakwood Avenue
Raleigh, North Carolina, 27601
Grave Location:Section POLK, Lot 29, Grave 9
Grave Location Description
As you enter the cemetery keep to the right and park at the intersection of Beech Avenue and Elm Avenue. The Skinner monument is in the very corner of the Polk Section and just a stones throw from Ludlow Skinner’s murderer, Ernest Haywood.